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Acapela lends a voice to Proloquo

First complete multi-purpose speech solution on MAC OS X (September 16, 2005)

The Software Company AssistiveWare, has chosen the Acapela text to speech, in 13 languages, to voice enable its new software Proloquo, the first complete solution for multilingual pronunciation for Mac OS X. Discover it at the Apple Expo in Paris, from 20 to 24 September at the AssistiveWare booth, in the heart of the Education Solutions Centre.

Acapela Group, the number 1 supplier of vocal technologies in Europe, has announced that it has been chosen by AssistiveWare, the world leader in assistive technology software for Mac OS X, to promote its new, high quality and particularly innovative software, Proloquo.

Proloquo is a multi-purpose and multilingual speech solution, for Mac OS X which provides: a complete communication system (AAC) for people who cannot speak, an improvement of accessibility to Mac OS X for people with visual impairments, speech feedback in any application while typing, talking word processor, the conversion of text to speech, a tool to learn the pronunciation of foreign languages and finally, an advanced, multilingual speech engine for KeyStrokes on-screen keyboard and SwitchXS Assistiveware's switch access solution.

"Proloquo provides the first fully-fledged speech solution for Mac OS X," said David Niemeijer, AssisitiveWare's CTO. "It combines the highest quality voices available on the market with powerful, yet easy to use features that serve a wide variety of needs."

AssistiveWare has chosen the Acapela voices in 13 different languages; American English, British English, German, Dutch, Flemish, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. Proloquo includes one language of choice, however Acapela voices for additional languages are available as a language pack at an additional fee.

?Acapela Group is very proud to contribute towards facilitating natural speech and information accessibility by working with such a prestigious player as AssistiveWare, said Antoine Kauffeisen, Marketing Director of Acapela. "We benefit from having a recognised and reputable experience in this market and with solutions such as Acapela Multimedia for Mac and Speechissimo, we figure equally among the few actors present in the Apple world" he added.

Learn more about Proloquo's key features and download a demo version at Also, do not forget to watch the short video of a Proloquo user in action at

About AssistiveWare
AssistiveWare is the worldwide leader in innovative assistive technology software for Mac that gives people back their lives. This includes award-winning KeyStrokes® and TouchStrokes® virtual keyboards, SwitchXS®, scanning on-screen keyboard, LayoutKitchen® panel editor and Proloquo® multi-purpose speech solution.

AssistiveWare is a trade name and registered trademark of Niemeijer Consult. SwitchXS, KeyStrokes, TouchStrokes, LayoutKitchen and Proloquo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Niemeijer Consult. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

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About Acapela Group
Entirely dedicated to developing and deploying natural language interfaces, Acapela Group is the European leader in speech solutions. Acapela's speech technologies have already been deployed in many services and applications: vocal portals, answering machine, contact centres, talking web, interactive games, educational softwares, e-learning programmes, tools to help disabled people, embarked navigation systems etc.

Numerous clients and partners have already placed their confidence in Acapela Group to work on their speech projects. These include: Alcatel, Alva, Atos Origin, Bo Jo Tveter, Bosch Blaupunkt, Daimler Chrysler, Don Johnston, Harman Becker, Intervoice, Kirusa, Magneti Marelli, Navigation Technologies, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Telia, Temic, Texas Instruments, Tieman, Toby Churchill, Scandis, Siemens, EDA etc.

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